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Nearly 50 years of lemur, other primates data now available online
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:42:33 EDT - A 48-year archive of life history data for the world's largest and most diverse collection of endangered primates is now digital and available online. The database allows visitors to view and download data for more than 3600 animals representing 27 species of lemurs, lorises and galagos -- distant primate cousins who predate monkeys and apes -- with more data to be uploaded in the future.
Cost-effective, solvothermal synthesis of heteroatom (S or N)-doped graphene developed
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:42:24 EDT - A research team has developed cost-effective technology to synthesize sulfur-doped and nitrogen-doped graphenes which can be applied as high performance electrodes for secondary batteries and fuel cells.
Natural products from plants protect skin during cancer radiotherapy
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:42:22 EDT - Plant-derived natural product chemicals could offer protection to the skin from the harmful effects of gamma radiation during cancer radiotherapy, suggests research.
New mass map of distant galaxy cluster is most precise yet
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:42:20 EDT - Astronomers have mapped the mass within a galaxy cluster more precisely than ever before. Created using observations from Hubble's Frontier Fields observing program, the map shows the amount and distribution of mass within MCS J0416.1-2403, a massive galaxy cluster found to be 160 trillion times the mass of the Sun.
Background TV can be bad for kids
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:41:13 EDT - Leaving the television on can be detrimental to children's learning and development, according to a new study. Researchers found that background television can divert a child’s attention from play and learning. Regardless of family demographics, parenting can act as a buffer against the impacts of background TV, the research team found.
Rising temperatures can be hard on a dog's life
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:41:11 EDT - Veterinarians say it is important to know the signs of heat exhaustion to make sure your pet isn't overdoing it this summer.
Dream come true for chemists? Creating organic zeolites
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:41:09 EDT - Traditionally, zeolites have been derived from inorganic material like silicon or aluminum. For the past several years, one research team has focused on combining zeolites with organic polymers whose main component is carbon, oxygen, hydrogen or nitrogen. A new technique and the new materials it produces can be immediately useful in catalysis and separations for chemicals production and hydrocarbon conversion for energy applications.
Voice for radio? New research reveals it's in the cords
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:43:30 EDT - Unique vocal cord vibration patterns might be the secret behind a good radio voice, new research reveals. The world-first study filmed the vocal folds of 16 male radio performers, including announcers, broadcasters, newsreaders and voice-over artists and found their vocal folds move and close faster than non-broadcasters.
Discovery is key to metal wear in sliding parts
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:43:20 EDT - Researchers have discovered a previously unknown mechanism for wear in metals: a swirling, fluid-like microscopic behavior in a solid piece of metal sliding over another. The findings could be used to improve the durability of metal parts in numerous applications.
Tempting people to move for work takes more than dollars
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:43:16 EDT - Sufficient financial inducements are one way of encouraging people to move to regional Australia for jobs, but other factors also play a part, according to a new report. "Addressing the demand-side factors, such as matching job seekers' skills and experience to employer requirements, has the potential to improve geographic labor mobility," one investigator said.

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